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CHRISTIAN BOGLE RETURNS TO HMD MOTORSPORTS IN 2023

Making the move to the HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing program for the 2022 season, Christian Bogle benefited from a multi-car program to help accelerate his learning curve. Closing the season with his best results to date in the Indy Lights program, the driver of the #7 Pelican Energy Consultants car is set for a return in 2023 with the championship-winning HMD Motorsports program.

“I learned a lot the past season, and I think consistency is key for me to continue the upward trend,” explained Christian Bogle. “I will be working with my same engineer for the second consecutive season which is something that I have not been able to do in the past and the same with my coach. HMD Motorsports is a proven winner, and I look forward to another season in Indy Lights.”

Coming off a career-best season that included a fourth-place finish at the Detroit Grand Prix and seven top-ten finishes, Bogle reflected on his time in the sport and this past season.

“I did not get a chance to start in karting like a lot of my competition and really jumped into car racing just four years ago,” added Bogle. “Jumping around from team to team for a while was tough, but I have found my home at HMD Motorsports and love it here. It was my best season in Indy Lights to date and while it was good, we still have a lot to improve on.”

Bogle added, “We have revised and set goals for pre-season testing and then for the start of the 2023 race season. We plan to evaluate those goals mid-season and see where we stand, what is needed to improve, and hopefully set new ones yet again. I know the season just ended but I am excited to get going again.”

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JOSH GREEN STEPS UP TO INDY LIGHTS IN 2023 WITH HMD MOTORSPORTS

A veteran of the popular Road to Indy program, 19-year-old Josh Green is now set to make his next motorsports career move. Climbing the ladder for the second consecutive season, Green will pilot an HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing entry in the 2023 Indy Lights Championship. Joining the defending champions, Green will be part of a large contingent of drivers that will be ready to take on a new season of competition in a new team and a new series.

“It is the perfect time to make the move up to Indy Lights,” expressed Josh Green. “The series is gaining a ton of momentum and to have the support from Penske Entertainment behind the program is great. Next year will provide a new challenge for me, but also for all the drivers in Indy Lights as we will make the switch to Firestone Tires.”

Green, who completed two seasons in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2020 and 2021, amassed one win and five podium results. Prior to that, the New York native raced in the F1600 Championship Series claiming eight wins, eighteen podium finishes, five pole positions, and seven fastest race laps. This past season, racing out of the Turn 3 Motorsport program in the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires Series, Green earned himself an additional four podium results including one victory, two pole positions, and finished fifth in the series title chase.

Green added, “I know I’m ready to move up. I’m prepared to do all that it takes to fight up front, and I know with HMD’s help my performance will take a huge step in the right direction.”

“Josh was very confident in all of our meetings, and we believe that he has huge potential,” added HMD Motorsports General Manager Mike Maurini. “While we expect some growth through winter testing as we do with any new driver, I believe that he will be a threat once we take the first green flag of 2023.”

Making the jump to Indy Lights with Josh Green will be the likes of Zimperium, a mobile security company, Lionfish Tech Advisors, JHG Investment Fund as well as Business and Leadership Growth Coach Mark Green.

Green continued, “A huge thank you to all my partners, supporters, and family for the words of encouragement and continued support. Looking forward to an exciting and successful 2023 race season.”

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HMD MOTORSPORTS CLAIMS FIRST CAREER INDY LIGHTS TITLE AT THE HANDS OF LINUS LUNDQVIST

The final event weekend of the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship and NTT INDYCAR SERIES took place this past weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California. While INDYCAR had one final race, Indy Lights ended the season with a double-header weekend at the 2.238-mile facility.

After a dominating season, Linus Lundqvist had maintained a significant lead in the championship heading into the weekend. While he narrowly missed clinching the championship in Portland by one point, Lundqvist only needed to complete one lap at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to officially claim the championship title.

In the only Indy Lights practice session of the weekend on Friday, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing finished with four drivers in the top-five. While Linus Lundqvist, Benjamin Pedersen and Danial Frost have run in the front half of the field all season, newcomer and 2022 Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires graduate Nolan Siegel made his Indy Lights debut finishing second in his first official practice session.

While the weekend started off strong for HMD Motorsports, the team struggled in qualifying. For the first race of the weekend, Benjamin Pedersen was the team’s best qualifier in fifth. For the second race, HMD moved towards the front of the grid with Lundqvist qualifying second, Pedersen fourth, and Danial Frost sixth.

Saturday’s first race of the weekend showed little improvement for the HMD field of drivers, but Linus Lundqvist stole the show as he was officially named the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Champion after claiming five wins, four additional podiums, and six pole positions. In a dominating season, Lundqvist finished all fourteen races and finished in the top-five in all but one race. While HMD Motorsports took home the team championship in 2021, this is the team’s first driver championship since joining the series full-time in 2021.

The final Indy Lights race of 2022 resulted in a best finish of fourth for HMD Motorsports by Linus Lundqvist. Christian Bogle ended his season with a pair of top-ten finishes and Nolan Siegel capped his first Indy Lights event weekend with a ninth and tenth place result after putting up strong battles with full-time series competitors.

“It was great to win the title, but we do have some work to do at tracks like Laguna Seca,” explained General Manager Mike Maurini. “With the repave coming this off-season, it will be a fresh slate for next year’s race, and we are much looking forward to that.”

While the 2022 season just concluded, plans for 2023 are well underway. Recently announcing an expansion to eight entries in Indy Lights next season, follow along with HMD Motorsports in the coming weeks and months as driver announcements for the 2023 Indy Lights season and exciting plans for the future are announced.

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DOUBLE PODIUM FOR HMD MOTORSPORTS IN PORTLAND AS SERIES CONCLUDES THIS WEEKEND IN CALIFORNIA

In the midst of a West Coast swing, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing is headed down the coast from Portland International Raceway to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to end the 2022 season. One race remains in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES where David Malukas (Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) is fighting to win the Rookie of the Year Championship. In Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Linus Lundqvist is on the verge of claiming the Championship after earning five wins so far this season.

Last weekend in Portland, Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports led the entire weekend with Benjamin Pedersen finishing both practice sessions at the top of the charts. In qualifying, Pedersen again topped the charts to claim his first career Indy Lights pole position. Danial Frost and Linus Lundqvist, who had both been fast all weekend, qualified second and fourth with Kyffin Simpson and Christian Bogle starting from tenth and eleventh.

In the start of the Indy Lights race on Sunday, Christian Bogle, who was fourth fastest in the opening practice session of the weekend, quickly began moving up through the field. While still in the opening lap, however, another driver locked up while heading into the turn six braking zone and drove Bogle off course, resulting in an early retirement from the race. When the race returned to green on lap six, Danial Frost was in a three-wide battle for third when he was bumped off track and into the tire barrier. After 14 caution laps, the field remained green for the rest of the race. Linus Lundqvist maintained third while Benjamin Pedersen went on to claim his first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires win. In dominating fashion, Pedersen held his competitors at bay and led flag-to-flag to lead every single lap and top the charts in every official weekend session.

Heading into the final weekend of the season, HMD Motorsports has had three separate race winners in 2022 led by Lundqvist with five wins, and Danial Frost and Benjamin Pedersen each claiming their first series wins.

This weekend, the Indy Lights field will complete their final two races, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. For qualifying, the single 30-minute session will be divided into two halves to set the grid for each race. While two races remain, Linus Lundqvist is on the verge of claiming the Indy Lights Championship.

Tune in all weekend and follow along on the HMD Motorsports social pages for team updates as the 2022 season comes to a close.

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Weekend Schedule *all times ET

Friday, September 9
4:15pm – 5:05pm          Practice            Indy Lights
5:30pm – 6:45pm          Practice 1         INDYCAR

Saturday, September 10
12:30pm -1:00pm         Qualifying         Indy Lights
1:15pm – 2:15pm          Practice2          INDYCAR
3:20pm – 4:20pm          Race 1              Indy Lights
5:05pm – 6:20pm          Qualifying         INDYCAR

Sunday, September 11
12:00pm – 12:30pm      Warmup           INDYCAR
12:55pm – 1:55pm        Race 2              Indy Lights
3:00pm – 6:00pm          Race                 INDYCAR

All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream 

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

INDYCAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream

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NOLAN SIEGEL SET FOR INDY LIGHTS PRESENTED BY COOPER TIRES DEBUT WITH HMD MOTORSPORTS

After concluding his Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires campaign last weekend at the Portland International Raceway, Nolan Siegel has joined HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca. Making his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires debut, Siegel will pilot the #11 Menlo Ventures / GridRivals / Racing for RP branded HMD Motorsports entry.

After a successful new driver evaluation a few weeks ago at the Autobahn Country Club, Siegel was eager to make the move up the Road to Indy ladder and make his Indy Lights debut.

“We sat down as a family and evaluated the future,” explained Siegel. “The team was very pleased with my speed at the test, and I felt comfortable in the car. While we have not made any plans for 2023 yet, this is the perfect opportunity with a top-level team to evaluate my speed, experience, and knowledge in a race environment.”

“Nolan performed exceptionally well at our one and only test, and he is ready to make the move to Indy Lights,” expressed HMD Motorsports General Manager Mike Maurini. “Competing this weekend gives him a chance to gain qualifying experience, two race starts since it is a double header race weekend and interact with drivers that have been with HMD all season long. Additionally, he will learn where he needs to work harder to improve if he is to make the jump next season.”

With HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing on the verge of securing their first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship, Siegel understands that he is entering a race-winning and potentially championship-winning program.

Siegel added, “What better opportunity could I ask for? To race alongside the names I have looked up to since I started my Indy Pro 2000 campaign and work alongside several of them in the HMD Motorsports engineering room, I know Indy Lights is the direction I want to move in the future as I look toward the NTT INDYCAR Series as my long-term goal.”

Catch Nolan Siegel and the complete HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing team on track this weekend at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca.

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Weekend Schedule *all times ET

Friday, September 9
4:15pm – 5:05pm          Practice            Indy Lights

Saturday, September 10
12:30pm -1:00pm         Qualifying         Indy Lights
3:20pm – 4:20pm          Race 1              Indy Lights

Sunday, September 11
12:55pm – 1:55pm        Race 2              Indy Lights

All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS ON VERGE OF SECURING FIRST INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP

Five races remain for HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing in the 2022 season over the next ten days, with three races remaining in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship and two races in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. In the final stretch, HMD Motorsports will travel cross-country to the West Coast to finish the season with races at Portland International Raceway and the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Beginning this weekend in Portland, Oregon, Indy Lights will have one race on the 12-turn road course on Sunday September 4, just prior to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race. Coming off a double-podium and placing three drivers in the top-five at World Wide Technology Raceway, HMD Motorsports is eager to finish the season by adding wins, podiums, and pole positions to the season results. So far this season, five of the current HMD Motorsports Indy Lights drivers have claimed top-five results.

Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports is also coming off a strong weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES after rookie driver David Malukas earned his first INDYCAR podium with a second-place finish.

Last year at Portland International Raceway, HMD Motorsports driver David Malukas claimed both Indy Lights pole positions and went on to finish first and second in the double-header weekend. Linus Lindqvist, now in his second Indy Lights season, walked away last season with two third-place finishes closely followed by Benjamin Pedersen who finished fourth in both races. After claiming four of the top-six positions in 2021, HMD Motorsports is confident in another strong weekend in Portland.

With the end of the season in sight, Linus Lundqvist has taken control of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship with an impressive 108-point lead. As the green flag flies for Sunday’s race, Lundqvist could earn enough points to officially clinch the 2022 Indy Lights Championship. In the battle for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year Championship, David Malukas trails the current leader by only eleven points.

Both series will have one practice session on Friday before a busy on-track day on Saturday with additional practice sessions and qualifying. Both Indy Lights and INDYCAR will race back-to-back on Sunday.

Portland International Raceway Weekend Schedule *all times ET
Friday, September 2
4:25pm – 5:15pm          Practice 1         Indy Lights
5:30pm – 6:45pm          Practice 1         INDYCAR

Saturday, September 3
12:00pm – 1:00pm        Practice 2         INDYCAR
2:15pm – 2:55pm          Practice 2         Indy Lights
3:05pm – 4:20pm          Qualifying         INDYCAR
6:25pm – 6:45pm          Qualifying         Indy Lights
7:15pm – 7:45pm          Final Practice    INDYCAR

Sunday, September 4
1:05pm – 2:15pm          Race                 Indy Lights        35 laps
3:00pm – 6:00pm          Race                 INDYCAR           110 laps

How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

INDCYAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream

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HMD MOTORSPORTS EARNS DOUBLE PODIUM IN INDY LIGHTS WITH FIVE DRIVERS INSIDE THE TOP-TEN

In the final oval race of the season for both the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, HMD Motorsports left World Wide Technology Raceway with three podium finishes. In Indy Lights, Linus Lundqvist earned his sixth podium of the season while Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports driver Benjamin Pedersen earned his third podium of the year with a third-place finish. Topping off the weekend, David Malukas drove through the NTT INDYCAR SERIES field to earn his first INDYCAR podium with a second-place result.

With six drivers entered in Indy Lights, HMD Motorsports was instantly up to speed in the only practice session with four drivers in the top-five. Leading the pack was Benjamin Pedersen followed by Championship leader Linus Lundqvist. James Roe jumped up through the field to finish the session in fourth while Danial Frost rounded out the fifth-place position. In the final few minutes of the session, however, Roe hit the wall in turn two which resulted in extensive damage to his car. Fortunately, the HMD with Dale Coyne Racing crew was able to repair his car in time for the qualifying session that took place later that afternoon.

HMD Motorsports again showed their speed in Indy Lights as Linus Lundqvist claimed the pole position in qualifying and Benjamin Pedersen locked out the front row in second. Danial Frost was the next best qualified HMD car in seventh followed by Christian Bogle in eighth, James Roe in tenth, and Kyffin Simpson in eleventh.

With the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race taking place on Saturday night under the lights, the Indy Lights series headed out for their 75-lap race early Saturday afternoon. Taking the green flag, Lundqvist quickly pulled away with the lead as Benjamin Pedersen found himself in a three-wide battle for second while heading into turn one, but was ultimately able to maintain his second-place position. Further back, Danial Frost drove up two positions through the field and into fifth in the opening lap. Two laps later, Pedersen fell back to third while Frost battled side-by-side for fourth for three straight laps but eventually maintained his fifth-place position.

Eleven laps in, Christian Bogle was the first driver to pull into the pits after contact with the wall. After repairing his car of a broken toe link, Bogle was able to return to the race ten laps down.  Just past the halfway point, Pedersen moved back into fourth and took advantage of another driver’s contact on lap 52, moving back into podium contention in P3 followed by Frost in fourth. After maintaining a strong lead for 70 laps, Linus Lundqvist found himself battling for the lead with less than five laps remaining. Giving up the point with three laps remaining, Lundqvist was thinking big picture and crossed the line second, extending his championship point lead. Benjamin Pedersen put a pair of HMD Motorsports drivers on the podium in third.

Indy Lights at World Wide Technology Raceway – Race Results
P2 – Linus Lundqvist
P3 – Benjamin Pedersen
P4 – Danial Frost
P8 – James Roe
P10 – Kyffin Simpson
P11 – Christian Bogle

With three rounds remaining in the Indy Lights Championship, Linus Lundqvist maintains his lead by 108 points in the chase for the championship.

For more information on David Malukas’ exciting podium finish in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, head to DaleCoyneRacing.com.

HMD Motorsports is now preparing to head to the West Coast to finish out the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires schedules. Drivers will head to Portland International Raceway September 2-4 and then will head south to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca September 9-11 for the season finale of both series.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS SET FOR THE FINAL OVAL OF 2022

With less than a month remaining in the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, both programs are gearing up for the final oval race of the season. Taking place this weekend only ten minutes outside of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) will host the two-day event weekend.

In preparation for the final oval race, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing and the entire Indy Lights field completed a single-day test at the 1.25-mile track late last week. Leading the field in both the morning and afternoon sessions was Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports driver, Benjamin Pedersen. Behind him, the remaining five HMD Motorsports drivers also posted strong results. Danial Frost was the second quickest in the morning while Linus Lundqvist rounded out the top-three for the first session of the day. James Roe and Christian Bogle also found speed and finished the day with the fifth and sixth fastest times.

In INDYCAR, David Malukas of Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports was also able to complete a rookie test day at the track last Thursday where he posted the fastest time of the day.

After failing to finish on the podium in the previous oval race this season at Iowa Speedway, HMD Motorsports is eager to make a comeback this weekend with a strong six-car lineup.

Linus Lundqvist maintains control of the Indy Lights Championship with a 95-point lead after claiming five wins in ten rounds. Earlier this season, Benjamin Pedersen claimed three third-place finishes and Danial Frost is one of five drivers to earn a win. Both drivers are eager to return to the podium this weekend. Christian Bogle has continued to gain speed and consistency at every event. Both new to the team in the past couple of rounds are Kyffin Simpson and James Roe. Simpson’s first experience on an oval and with HMD Motorsports was at Iowa Speedway two races ago. Roe finished testing last week in the top-five after joining HMD Motorsports only two weeks ago and finished in fourth at WWTR last season in Indy Pro 2000.

Last season, HMD Motorsports had a strong showing at World Wide Technology Raceway in Indy Lights with David Malukas sweeping the double-header weekend. Also racing for HMD last season, Benjamin Pedersen finished with two third-place results and Linus Lundqvist finished fourth in the second race.

Taking place over two days, both Indy Lights and INDYCAR will practice and qualify Friday afternoon and into the evening. With INDYCAR running their one and only night race of the season on Saturday, Indy Lights will start the day in the late afternoon as they take the green flag on Saturday at 4:15 PM ET.

World Wide Technology Raceway Weekend Schedule *all times ET
Friday, August 19
1:00pm – 2:00pm          Practice 1         INDYCAR
3:10pm – 4:00pm          Practice            Indy Lights
4:15pm – 5:15pm          Qualifying         INDYCAR
6:15pm – 6:45pm          Qualifying         Indy Lights
7:00pm – 8:45pm          Practice 2         INDYCAR

Saturday, August 20
4:15pm – 5:15pm           Race                 Indy Lights
6:00pm – 9:00pm          Race                 INDYCAR

How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

INDCYAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream

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HMD MOTORSPORTS AND LINUS LUNDQVIST WIN INAUGURAL INDY LIGHTS MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX

With six entries this past weekend, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing brought half of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field to the Streets of Nashville for the inaugural Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix. Returning with the team were full-time drivers Linus Lundqvist, Benjamin Pedersen, Danial Frost and Christian Bogle who were joined by Kyffin Simpson in his second weekend with the team and James Roe in his team debut. On a new course to the series, HMD Motorsports and all six drivers experienced highs and lows over the three-day festival weekend.

Off to a dominant start, Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports driver Benjamin Pedersen led the field in both practice sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Joining Pedersen in the top-five of both sessions were Danial Frost and Linus Lundqvist. After a late switch to HMD, James Roe finished eighth in his first on-track session with the team – his best practice result in the Indy Lights series.

On Saturday, with storms in the distance, the Indy Lights field of twelve drivers were preparing for qualifying. However, as lightning in the area lingered, qualifying for the series was eventually canceled and the grid for Sunday’s race was set by car entrant points. While the decision gave Championship leader Linus Lundqvist the pole position, Benjamin Pedersen and Danial Frost were set to start sixth and seventh – an unfortunate starting position after being fast all weekend. Driving the #11 HMD w/ DCR entry, James Roe was lined up in ninth followed by Christian Bogle in eleventh and Kyffin Simpson in twelfth.

With five of the HMD Motorsports drivers starting in the back half of the field, the team was faced with the challenge of fighting their way forward in Sunday morning’s race. As the field took the green flag, Linus Lundqvist held his lead while Pedersen moved up to fifth. Two laps later, after closely trailing Jacob Able, Frost made his move around the Abel Motorsports driver and took over the seventh position and set his sight on the next driver ahead. Meanwhile, Linus Lundqvist was repeatedly chased down, but he kept his focus ahead to maintain the lead. With the first ten laps complete, Lundqvist continued to set the fastest laps in the field.

Over the next ten laps, the positions remained unchanged for HMD Motorsports while the drivers continued to look for openings to move up through the field. On lap 19, Roe was running in tenth when he suffered a mechanical failure and lost power – forcing him to retire in the pits. With eleven laps remaining in the 35-lap race, while Lundqvist continued to extend his lead to over 6.5-seconds, Pedersen and Frost were engaged in a four-way battle for fifth as the drivers closely trailed each other ready to make a pass.

The final ten laps on the Indy Lights race quickly switched up the positions throughout the field. As Benjamin Pedersen attempted to hold off a pass from Christian Rasmussen, he locked up his rear wheels and was unable to complete the turn and ended up in the tire barriers. Pedersen was able to continue but lost three positions and moved into eighth while Danial Frost moved up into sixth. With two laps remaining, Frost was looking to the inside of Abel to make a pass, but the two drivers made contact. With right-front suspension damage, Frost was able to limp his was around the course but finished the race in tenth.

Both Christian Bogle and Kyffin Simpson – who started the race in eleventh and twelfth – stayed out of trouble in the chaotic race, quietly moving forward. Both drivers were the most improved in the race each gaining four positions to finish in seventh and eighth.

With Linus Lundqvist’s dominating win, he now is up to a 95-point lead in the championship after claiming five wins and two additional podiums.

Indy Lights and HMD Motorsports will next hit the track this Friday at World Wide Technology Raceway for a series test in preparation for the oval event in two weeks, August 19-20.

Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected] To stay up to date with Global Racing Group, follow @GlobalRacingGroup on Instagram and @GRGInfo on Twitter and Facebook or visit GlobalRacingGroup.com.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS SET FOR INAUGURAL INDY LIGHTS MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX

Bringing their NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires programs together again, HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing is heading south to the Music City this weekend to race through the Streets of Nashville, Tennessee, and Nissan Stadium. After a successful inaugural event for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2021, Indy Lights has now been added to the schedule for the Music City Grand Prix.

As a brand-new addition to the Indy Lights schedule, drivers will utilize every minute of track time to learn the curves and bumps of the 11-turn street circuit that winds its way through parking lots, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge and into the streets of downtown Nashville. Utilizing the relationship between HMD Motorsports and Dale Coyne Racing, drivers have been able to prepare for the event with the 2021 footage and data from Dale Coyne Racing.

Yesterday, the team announced the addition of James Roes to the HMD Motorsports crew in the #11 entry alongside Linus Lundqvist, Danial Frost, Christian Bogle, Benjamin Pedersen (Global Racing Group with HMD) and Kyffin Simpson.

While street races can pose a challenging task for many drivers, the HMD Motorsports team of drivers have all found success in street races this season with five of the six drivers earning or matching their career-best Indy Lights results on one of the three previous street races this season.

In the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, David Malukas and Dale Coyne Racing struggled in the first two street races in St. Petersburg and Long Beach. As the season has progressed however, Malukas has been able to put his rookie mistakes behind him and finished eleventh at the Detroit Grand Prix street circuit. Now with a continually developing confidence, Malukas is ready to become a challenging contender in the Streets of Nashville this weekend.

In a city known for music, food and good times, the Music City Grand Prix will set the scene for a weekend-long festival with HMD Motorsports hitting the track nine times over the tree-day event.

Nashville’s Music City Grand Prix Weekend Schedule *all times ET
Friday, August 5
3:00pm – 3:50pm          Practice 1         Indy Lights
4:15pm – 5:30pm          Practice 1          INDYCAR

Saturday, August 6
11:15am – 11:55am      Practice 2         Indy Lights
12:15pm – 1:15pm        Practice 2         INDYCAR
3:40pm – 4:00pm          Qualifying         Indy Lights
4:30pm – 5:45pm          Qualifying         INDYCAR

Sunday, August 7
10:15am – 10:45am      Warmup           INDYCAR
1:00pm – 2:05 pm         Race                 Indy Lights
3:00pm – 6:00pm          Race                 INDYCAR

How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

INDCYAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream

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JAMES ROE JOINS HMD MOTORSPORTS FOR THE MUSIC CITY GRAND PRIX

Only two weeks after expanding to six entries in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship, HMD Motorsports has added James Roe to the HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing family for the upcoming Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix this weekend, August 5-7. Piloting the #11 entry, Roe will take on the temporary street circuit in downtown Nashville.

After the departure of another driver from the team, Roe will be slotting into the #11 Topcon Positioning Systems, CES Power, and Trintech branded HMD Motorsports entry. Roe has competed in the nine previous Indy Lights races this season and has earned a pair of seventh-place finishes at both the Detroit Grand Prix and Road America.

“I am extremely excited to be joining HMD this coming weekend. It is a great opportunity for me to immerse myself in their championship caliber Indy Lights program,” explained James Roe. “I’d like to thank Henry Malukas and Global Racing Group for their assistance throughout the past week along with my partners and supporters.”

Set to hit the track on Friday afternoon, Roe will look to get up to speed quickly as he joins a six-driver program and has a lot of experience around him. Roe looks forward to taking advantage of every opportunity to better himself, gain experience and knowledge and reset his best results in the ongoing 2022 season.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS PUTS IOWA BEHIND THEM AND FOCUSES FORWARD TO NASHVILLE

While the NTT INDYCAR SERIES team of Dale Coyne Racing with HDM Motorsports flourished with rookie driver David Malukas, HMD Motorsport’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires team struggled this past weekend at Iowa Speedway. In a rare event, after leading the Driver Championship with Linus Lundqvist and claiming five wins and ten podiums so far this season, HMD Motorsports walked away from Iowa Speedway without placing a driver on the podium,

Iowa Speedway was added back to the Indy Lights schedule this season after a three-year hiatus, making the track not only new to the current Indy Lights drivers, but also to HMD Motorsports as a team and with only one practice session on the schedule for the weekend, drivers were expected to quickly acclimate to the track. While Lundqvist topped the charts in practice, the remaining HMD drivers finished in the back half of the field.

When qualifying came around on Saturday morning, HMD Motorsports showed improvement through their lineup with Lundqvist qualifying on the front row, Danial Frost on the second and Christian Bogle earning his best qualifying position of seventh. After determining that Benjamin Pedersen’s engine was down on power – and without enough time for an engine change – Pedersen qualified in ninth. In his first weekend with HMD Motorsports and his first ever oval, Kyffin Simpson qualified eleventh just ahead of his HMD teammate Antonio Serravalle.

In the race, HMD Motorsports faced multiple highs and lows throughout their six-car lineup. After starting from second, Linus Lundqvist put up a strong fight, eventually passing polesitter Hunter McElrea for the lead with twenty-six laps remaining. After leading the remainder of the race and being the first to cross the finish line, Lundqvist was handed a three-position post-race penalty for avoidable contact on the final lap, moving him to fourth in the official results. Frost, Pedersen, Bogle and Simpson all finished on the lead-lap of the 0.875-mile track in seventh, ninth, tenth and eleventh respectively. Antonio Serravalle finished two laps down in twelfth.

While the Indy Lights weekend did not go as planned, David Malukas in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports continued to impress after qualifying sixth and fourteenth for the double-header weekend. In the first race of the weekend on Saturday, Malukas and the team struggled to get the setup and strategy to work together, ultimately finishing in fourteenth. On Sunday however, after falling to sixteenth after a pit stop cycle, Malukas carved his way back to the front, setting up impressive passes over veteran drivers and series standouts. In the final five laps, Malukas made up three positions to finish in eighth – his best finish yet in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. After a strong weekend, Malukas also closed the points gap in the Rookie Championship to only four points behind the current leader, Christian Lundgaard.

HMD Motorsports will next be on track this weekend with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, July 29-30, for the Gallagher Grand Prix. With one weekend off, the Indy Lights Championship will return to competition in two weeks alongside INDYCAR for the Music City Grand Prix in the Streets of Nashville.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS WITH DALE COYNE RACING BRINGS SIX DRIVERS TO IOWA SPEEDWAY

HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing is headed to Iowa Speedway this weekend, July 22-24. With both the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES competing back-to-back once again, HMD Motorsports will enter three races between the two series with Indy Lights racing on Saturday and INDYCAR completing their only double-header weekend of the year with races on both Saturday and Sunday.

Announced earlier this week, HMD Motorsports will be entering six Indy Lights drivers for the first time with the addition of Kyffin Simpson, who will be joining Linus Lundqvist, Danial Frost, Benjamin Pedersen (Global Racing Group with HMD), Christian Bogle, and Antonio Serravalle.

As this first of two oval events this season, HMD Motorsports has a leg up over the competition as five of the seven drivers to ever race on an oval in Indy Lights are with HMD Motorsports. Last season, HMD had a clean sweep as David Malukas won both oval events of the season. Benjamin Pedersen also finished on the podium in both oval races. Prior to this weekend, HMD Motorsports also took part in the series test at Iowa Speedway four weeks ago.

As the Indy Lights season carries on, HMD Motorsports and Linus Lundqvist maintain a substantial 87-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship.

Part of a full festival weekend, Indy Lights will take to the track between the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and concerts by Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line on Saturday. With only three on-track sessions, the Indy Lights drivers will have to get up-to-speed quickly with only one 50-minute practice session on Friday prior to qualifying on Saturday morning and the 75-lap race Saturday afternoon.

David Malukas will also be running his #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES double-header weekend. As the third oval event weekend, Malukas has proven to be a strong oval racer with finishes of eleventh and sixteenth at the two previous events and was fast in nearly every Indianapolis 500 on track session.

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will complete one practice session on Friday with qualifying on Saturday morning. The HyVeeDeals.com 250 will take place on Saturday afternoon with the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 on Sunday.

Iowa Speedway Weekend Schedule *all times ET
Friday, July 22
3:15pm – 4:05pm          Practice            Indy Lights
4:30pm – 6:00pm          Practice            INDYCAR

Saturday, July 23
9:30am – 10:00am        Qualifying         Indy Lights
10:30am – 11:45am      Qualifying         INDYCAR
12:10pm – 1:30pm        Race – 75 laps   Indy Lights
4:00pm – 6:00pm          Race – 250 laps INDYCAR

Sunday, July 24
3:00pm – 6:00pm          Race – 300 laps INDYCAR

How To Watch – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
All 2022 Indy Lights races will be available on Peacock Premium in the United States, REV TV in Canada and ESPN – Star+ in Latin America and Brazil. For fans outside of those areas, Indy Lights races will be available through the new INDYCAR Live! streaming platform.  INDYCAR Live! will also feature every practice and qualifying session worldwide. The award-winning INDYCAR Radio Network also will provide coverage of all Indy Lights sessions alongside the INDYCAR App Powered by NTT DATA.

INDYCAR Live! – Indy Lights https://www.indycar.com/IndyLights/OTT/IL-stream

How To Watch – NTT INDYCAR SERIES
All practice and qualifying sessions for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are available for streaming on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Live! Watch the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix live on Peacock Premium and NBC. For all sessions, tune in to the INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information on international broadcasts, visit https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international.

INDCYAR Live! – NTT INDYCAR SERIES https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/stream

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KYFFIN SIMPSON JOINS CHAMPIONSHIP LEADING HMD MOTORSPORTS PROGRAM

Currently eighth in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship standings, rookie pilot Kyffin Simpson is set to join the championship leading HMD Motorsports outfit. Joining the team effective immediately, Simpson will pilot the #21 Ridgeline branded HMD Motorsports entry at the ultra-fast Iowa Speedway this weekend and onwards for the rest of the 2022 racing season.

“I’m excited to join HMD Motorsports at Iowa and for the remainder of the season,” explained Kyffin Simpson. “They have a proven package with Linus Lundqvist leading the championship, as well as three different drivers on the podium this season, and I’ve been impressed with their ability to field five competitive cars. In our discussions it’s become clear they can field a sixth car at the same level – an opportunity I believe is too good to pass up at this stage in my development.”

With best results of two fifth place finishes at Detroit and Road America, Simpson is looking for a fresh start at HMD Motorsports, a place that he once called home back in 2020.

Simpson added, “I made my FR Americas debut in late 2020 with HMD and have a good relationship with the crew, so we have a solid foundation to build on. Of course, having a great group of drivers as a direct reference point ultimately pushes me to raise my game even more. I’m ready for the challenge, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together in the remaining races this year.”

The 17-year-old Simpson continued, “I’d like to thank Tim Neff and the whole TJ Speed Motorsports crew for everything they’ve helped me achieve in the last 18 months. We had an incredible run in FR Americas – an experience I’ll never forget. We both agree however that our performance this season hasn’t met expectations. I wish Tim and the team all the best for the future.”

Kyffin Simpson will begin his HMD Motorsports tenure this coming weekend as the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship heads for the first oval event of the season at the Iowa Speedway over the July 22-23 weekend.

Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected]ports.com.

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HMD MOTORSPORTS EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP POINT LEAD WITH LINUS LUNDQVIST

This past weekend was one of the events of the year HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing was not looking forward to in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. In the past, the sophomore team has struggled at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and this year proved to be difficult, but a step in the right direction. However, while the early sessions of the weekend did not go as planned, the team is still able to look back at the positives of the event.

In the two practice sessions that started the weekend, HMD never placed a driver higher than fourth. In qualifying, however, the team was able to find some speed as Linus Lundqvist qualified on the front row in second, closely followed by his teammate, Benjamin Pedersen in third.  The remaining HMD drivers qualified eighth, ninth and tenth with Antonio Serravalle, Danial Frost and Christian Bogle.

After improving their speed in qualifying, HMD Motorsports was ready to take on the Sunday morning race, just prior to the NTT INDYCAR Series event. However, the day immediately began to crumble as the team was hit with an engine failure that was out of their control – for the second event in a row – as Danial Frost lost power on the second lap and was forced to retire from the race. As the front of the field began to space out, Lundqvist kept his head down as he continually tried to chase down the leaders from third. After a hard-fought weekend, Lundqvist managed to fight his way to a podium, finishing in third but extending his overall championship point lead.

Benjamin Pedersen found himself in multiple battles for fourth but was able to defend in the opening half of the race. Towards the end, with less than ten laps remaining, Pedersen was shuffled back into fifth, but ultimately finished the race in sixth after getting caught up in an incident and loss of momentum in the final corner.

Antonio Serravalle and Christian Bogle both ran clean races, and, after being involved in multiple battles with each other and other drivers on track, they were both able to defend their positions to finish with Christian Bogle in seventh and Antonio Serravalle in eighth as both drivers continue to show improvement with each passing weekend.

Leaving Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Linus Lundqvist maintains his Championship lead by 87 points as the series will return to the Indy Lights Championship in two weeks for the first oval event of the season at the Iowa Speedway, July 22-23.

Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports. For more information on HMD Motorsports visit HMDMotorsports.com or email [email protected] To stay up to date with Global Racing Group, follow @GlobalRacingGroup on Instagram and @GRGInfo on Twitter and Facebook or visit GlobalRacingGroup.com.

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